Billy Hunter voted out as director of NBA Players UnionPosted by Inside Hoops
Billy Hunter was ousted unanimously as executive director of the union by NBA players, who said Saturday they will “no longer be divided, misled, misinformed.”
“This is our union and we have taken it back,” players’ association president Derek Fisher said.
Fisher said it was a day of change for the union, one which had seemed inevitable since a review of the union last month was critical of Hunter’s leadership and urged players to consider whether they wanted to keep him.
“We want to make it clear that we are here to serve only the best interests of the players,” Fisher said. “No threats, no lies, no distractions will stop us from serving our memberships.”
In brief remarks, Fisher said a new executive committee was elected, and he will remain as president. The Spurs’ Matt Bonner is vice president, Miami’s James Jones is secretary-treasurer and the Nets’ Jerry Stackhouse is first vice president. The Clippers’ Chris Paul and Willie Green, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Denver’s Andre Iguodala, and the Hornets’ Roger Mason, Jr. are vice presidents.
– Reported by the Associated Press
Derek Fisher, who has been at odds with Hunter, will remain president of the union, but was aggressively challenged in the meeting by Brooklyn Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse. Stackhouse criticized Fisher for his role in the union’s troubles.
Stackhouse was elected first-vice president. Miami Heat forward James Jones is treasurer. San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner, Los Angeles Clippers guards Chris Paul and Willie Green, New Orleans Hornets guard Roger Mason and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will make up the union’s next executive committee.
Hunter’s dismissal will likely set up a legal battle between him and the union for the remaining $10.5 million on his contract.
– Reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports